This Friday's Blue Box seminar speaker is Kristen Lowitt, a candidate in Memorial's Interdisciplinary PhD program and a per-course instructor with Geography this semester. She will be giving a talk entited "Grown, harvested, and hunted: The role of self-provisioning in the food acquisition strategies of households on Newfoundland’s west coast" on Friday, January 19 at 3:00 p.m. in SN 2025. All are welcome to attend.
This presentation examines the role of self-provisioning in the food acquisition strategies of households in the Bonne Bay region on Newfoundland's west coast. This region has a long history in food self-sufficiency in which fishing, gardening, and hunting were combined in a seasonal round of activities. While self-provisioning has declined compared to the past, it still remains a vital part of life in rural regions. And yet, research understanding the role that self-provisioning and wild foods play in food security is very limited. Drawing on qualitative interviews with households in the Bonne Bay region, this paper examines the reasons that households participate in these activities today; enabling and constraining factors for their participation; and the role of informal economic networks in facilitating the distribution of self-provisioned and other locally-harvested and grown foods. This presentation argues for a greater consideration of the role of informal economic activities in contributing to food security and household livelihood strategies in rural and coastal regions.